DISPUTES OVER COSTS! THIS BOOK IS THE BIBLE FOR ALL CIVIL LITIGATORS AND ‘COST GEEKS’ IN GENERAL -- NOW IN A NEW UPDATED EDITION
An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers
Civil litigators, costs draftsmen and the Judiciary will certainly bless this book, described by many as ‘the Bible of the legal costs world’– and now in a new second edition via Jordan Publishing.
From costs practitioners to solicitors with management responsibilities, lawyers -- as the author, Mark Friston, reminds us -- depend for their financial success on ‘having a firm grasp of the law of costs.’ And, indeed, a firm handle on all issues and ramifications relating to costs is provided for you in this authoritative and indispensible book, which, says Friston, meets the need for a practitioners’ text focused solely on the law rather than on policy and which is detailed and fully referenced.
Barristers as well as solicitors will certainly appreciate that, in the author’s words, ‘most of the relevant law is included in such a way as to avoid the need to consult reports or other texts.’ This in our view is a major advantage. Under pressure, one has little spare time to ferret out all the relevant authorities.
Over 1,500 pages in length, the book is divided in 7 parts across 43 chapters. Obviously the contents are too extensive and various to relate in detail here, so we shall mention only a few of the issues which particularly caught our eye, including retainers (at least 3 chapters on those) and Part VI which focuses on the quantum of costs (between the parties).
Here you’ll find detailed examination of, for example, hourly rates, assessment of time, disbursements, counsel’s fees, fixed costs (including small claims and fast track costs), VAT and more. Also particularly interesting are the chapters on the history and the language of costs.
Learned, scholarly and thorough in his work, the author Mark Friston is additionally rather droll. Referring to the wealth of new material in this new edition, he remarks that ‘there is much (here) to excite the costs geek’. The updates, he says although too numerous to summarise, ‘range from better cross-referencing through to new and rewritten chapters’. The publishers add in general that the extensive revisions include material on the Jackson reforms, the SRA Code of Conduct 2011 and of course, much more.
Although primarily a practitioner’s text, students, academics and legal researchers will appreciate the mine of references and research tools, including numerous tables and charts -- and, as you would expect, extensive tables of cases, statutes, and statutory instruments, plus a table of practice directions and protocols and a detailed index.
So, practitioners tip-toeing into the lions’ den of judicial argument on costs will do so with infinitely greater confidence armed with this new edition of ‘Civil Costs’.
The law is brought up to date to 31 March 2012.